Colossians 3:18-4:6 “Living Relationships”


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Saying that “life is different after you get married” would likely not come as much of a shock to most people.  Making the same statement about having kids would garner even greater affirmation. It is no secret that relationships, especially close ones, change our lives.  The ability to live solely for one’s self continually diminishes as the presence of others and our love, care, and desire for them increases.

This process, at its very core, is what Scripture calls submission.  It is a willingness to yield our own desires, pursuits, and self-interest for the sake of the other and it is part of Scripture’s calling in Colossians 3 to “set our minds on things above” rather than on “earthly things.”  Our ultimate example in this is Jesus Christ, who willingly submitted Himself to the will of the Father, giving up His life for the sake of humanity so that the way to the Father could be open to us once again.

Questions to take home:

  1. Do you feel like it is difficult to value others above yourself?  Why do you think so many people struggle with this in their relationships?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9.  What are some ways that Scripture tells us to “submit” to each other?  Do you think doing these things will bring life to your relationships? Why?
  3. Jesus is the ultimate example of selfless submission and love.  Knowing what we have read here, and following His example, what are one or two things you can work on to bring new life to your relationships?